This is a collection of photos I took at the Campechada today, which was dedicated to Myrna Báez. La Campechada is all about art, music and performance in the streets of Old San Juan. I had the opportunity to watch wonderful and amazing performances from the dance company, Andanza, the theater company Y no había luz, and from the master, Deborah Hunt. Enjoy!
La Campechada is a festival that celebrates art, performance and music. It started a few years back and it seems to get better each time. You can see theater plays at different plazas in Old San Juan, along with artisans, painters, food kiosks and musicians. Here are a few photos I took that afternoon on November 17, 2013. I guess I wanted to capture the movement in this performance by “Y no había luz.”
For a second consecutive year, Old San Juan opened all of its museums and parks to welcome visitors in order to celebrate ‘La Campechada.’ It all began last year will many activities for the whole family, including live music and performances on the Plazas and streets, artisans, and of course, food, to celebrate the life of José Campeche, the first known Puerto Rican visual artist. This year’s Campechada was dedicated to Francisco Oller, the first Latin American to influence the Impressionism movement. The Campechada ran fom Friday the 12th to Sunday the 14th of October. I could only attend on Sunday and saw two live performances. There were many simultaneous plays and other things going on at the same time, so I had to choose which ones to go to. The first one was a modern dance dedicated to pigeons. It was held at Plaza de Armas.
These silent performers spoke without words. No need to explain their statement of what big corporations have done to society these days…
Overall, it was a great activity. I hope to go to next year’s as well. I think it’s good to celebrate the lives of artists who have left their legacy for us to enjoy today.